Lifting hearts to God in thanks and praise.


Monday of Holy Week.


Are you doing well today?

I’ve got so much going on, so much to do, so much coming up this week!
School with my one and only while the neighbor kids are on break (which means good playtime when school is finished).
Grandpa recovering from stomach illness.
Holy Week services to prepare for.
Passover starts tomorrow, but our seder will be on Maundy Thursday.
Because church and scripture must be brought together, and passover is a week.
On the 10th day, the day for bringing in a lamb, Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey, and it was a Sunday.
On the following days, the lamb is to be inspected so that it is seen to be faultless, and Jesus was!
On the 14th day the lamb was to be sacrificed and people were to eat the passover meal.
I’m not sure which day that was, when Jesus ate with his disciples.
The next day he died. Maybe when the lambs were being sacrificed.
Then a sabbath. Rest. A tomb.
Then that year (Was it a two day sabbath? The day after eating the Passover and then usual Saturday?) the day after the sabbath rest was the Feast of Firstfruits.
Jesus rose, was known to his disciples, on the day of Firstfruits.

Today, Monday.
I read Ann’s blog about Thankfulness.
I remembered, and took a picture for you of something I made:
Some people know how to give you a chance to download and print your own, sorry, I haven’t figured that out yet!

I want to look again, in the middle of Holy Week pressures, at James 1:3-5.
Consider it pure joy when you face many kinds of trials because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
It’s such a hard verse to grasp, to apply!
Ann is right to encourage us to the simple discipline of thanksgiving moment by moment.
Just to know we have the option, when bad things come at us, of turning to God in thankfulness! I think most of us never knew we had that option, never saw it modeled.

So, whether it’s cancer or the unexpected crazy busy of fun things and sick people to juggle in the week that you desire to draw near and celebrate God’s gift of forgiveness, always there is the option to give thanks.

There are other prayers that can follow.
…In everything by prayers and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God…

Prayers like “Help me know what to do when?” and “Give me wisdom how to answer?” Prayers that lead, with the answering grace, to everyday small miracles of a changing me, persevering that he might make me pure and complete, not lacking anything.

What does your week look like? Please leave a comment!
Did you click over to Ann’s and listen to the video? Wonderful! I had to write you about it.

God bless you with abundant grace this week!
Thanks and praise to God.


Comments on: "Grateful" (3)

  1. THanks for your kind comment…. In the past few years my huisband and I have celebrated Passover, which has so very much enriched our Holy Week experience… I really enjyed your post because I want to know more of the feasts and how they are fulfilled in Christ and how we are to celebrate them as well… This year the time ahs really slipped up on me and I dont know how we can scale down our annual celebration.. your post was very ins[piring. THanks so much and God bless!

  2. Beth,

    Nice to meet you. I’m hopping over from Ann’s link up to count gifts. Passover seders have so many deep pictures in them, don’t they? Thanks for the art picture you made here too.

    Have a great week.

    Jennifer Dougan

  3. Rosemary Bluman said:

    Ahh, Holy Week.  Rich in symbols, and constrasts and meaning.  It can be frustrating to be busy with “Martha tasks” when you want to be reflective and with Him and just . . . be.  It sounds like your heart is on the symbols and meanings as you move through your responsibilities.  That’s about the best it can be, so I encourage you in that. 

    You are blessed to have a seder.  One part of that meal that lives in my spirit is the repeated response, “Diyenu,” which means, “It would have been enough.”  Can we not think of one blessing after another from the Lamb’s hand to ours?  Couldn’t we say, “It would have been enough just to have the Lord’s ______________?”  And yet He gives us repeated blessings, lavish gifts, and more graces.  Even with school, illness, responsiblity, and trials of many kinds, we can live in thanksgiving and joy.  Thanksgiving and joy.  I want to bask in it right now, and relegate the trials to the background.  Thanks to you for the stepping stone toward joy. 

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